Environment

Seabed Act review underway

Tuesday April 12, 2016

The Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority (SBMA) has taken a further step in its efforts to develop a sustainable world class regulatory framework for deep sea mineral activities in the massive Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) worked on strengthening its commitment to the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement (NTSA) last week.

The National Environment Service (NES) is reviewing a report submitted by the Chamber of Commerce on the pilot project to remove algae from Muri lagoon.

Public servants wanting to join Friday’s anti-purse seining protest march have every right to do so under the Cook Islands Constitution, says Public Service commissioner Russell Thomas.

Fishing issue prompts protest

Monday April 11, 2016

Hundreds of people are expected to take to the Avarua main road this Friday to protest the government entering into a purse seining agreement with the European Union and demonstrate opposition to the widely unpopular commercial fishing method in Cook Islands waters.

The Spathodea campanulata also commonly known as the African tulip tree is a large tree that can reach around 17 metres in height.

The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) is working on finalising the draft Marine Resources Bill and Marine Zones Bill which are expected to replace the Marine Resources Act 2005.

Growers plan harvest festival

Saturday April 09, 2016

In a bid to bolster trade in both the tourism and agriculture sectors, the Cook Islands Growers’ Association is planning the Te Mou Enua Festival next year.

The Chamber of Commerce has clarified its role in coordinating a trial to scrap algae in Muri lagoon using an excavator.

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